Stranger Election Control Board Zen, But Confusing: Szwaja’s HQ
posted by November 6 at 22:44 PMon
Szwaja’s party is at Ravenna Third Place Books, in the bar downstairs. The room is packed with old people with long gray hair. Very casually dressed in a tie and dirty white New Balance sneakers, Joe Szwaja sat down with The Stranger: “The numbers aren’t what we want, but they’ll go up.” Then he started talking about rivers. It was very zen, but confusing.
Even if Godden beats him in the election, does Szwaja still think he could take her in a game of basketball? Yes: “I’d try to lure her into the post-up game. Very few people can beat me in the post-up game.”
Szwaja took a couple of shots at Godden. “Unlike Godden, I would never use NOVA staff to help my campaign.” He chastised local media for its “lack of substance.” If he doesn’t win, he wants to concentrate on neighborhood climate councils and improving sustainability in neighborhoods. He says he wants over 50 percent, of course, but he estimates he’ll get between 30-40 percent of the vote. (He’s at 27% now.)
He’s against Prop 1 and said, “The earth doesn’t care about compromises.” He also supports Maria Ramirez.
Commenting on the chill atmosphere in the bookstore, a tall twentysomething—one of the younger people in the audience—said, “Since Joe’s a Green Party candidate, a lot of his supporters are used to losing.” A man with the awesome name of Claude Ginsberg was upset with The Stranger’s coverage of Szwaja: “What’s hippie-style about speaking truth to power?” Indeed.